Memorial for Jamie Bishop and Jocelyne Couture-Nowak

April 30, 2008 · Posted in news, personal, projects 

Received this on the German Listserv and thought I would share:

Dear German speaking Hokies,

My name is Stefanie Georgakis and I am writing on behalf of theFrench Club (Cercle Francophone) here at Tech.  Our graduatingseniors have decided that they, in coordination with the student bodyand the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, would liketo find a respectful way to honor the memories of Jamie Bishop and Jocelyne Couture-Nowak.  We would really love to have the input,support, and participation from anyone interested in the German orFrench programs, as we feel this is a project that is collective andshould be shared by all.  Some of us have proposed trying to raisethe money to plant one or two trees, and maybe placing a benchsomewhere on campus, along with a plaque, so that these wonderfulprofessors can be remembered by all.  We would particularly love tocollaborate with some German students whose lives have been touchedby Herr Bishop, so that both of these two inspirational individualscan be justly memorialized.

I know it is extremely close to the end of the semester, but our goalis to get this project in the works now, so that it may be finishedby early autumn.  If you are interested in making a donation (anyamount is greatly appreciated) or of simply giving your input to helpus decide the best way to honor Herr Bishop and Madame Couture-Nowak,please reply with inquiries or comments toFLLmemorial@gmail.com.  Any individual who is interested will beasked to fill out a brief survey so that we can get memorial ideasand get a sense of what everyone thinks is the best way to go aboutthis!  Any additional money that exceeds the needs of the projectwill be divided in half and donated to the Jamie Bishop ScholarshipFund and the Jocelyne Couture-Nowak Scholarship Fund.  We believethat this is a wonderful way to remember these two individuals whohave inspired and touched the lives of so many.

Thank you,
Stefanie Georgakis
Historian, Cercle Francophone
Virginia Tech Class of ’08

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